The Inverse Law of Mecha
No matter how primitive the setting, there will be giant robots.
From Scrasamax’s Game Cliches sub.
A huge humanoid figure of leather and bone, 30’ tall. The head is a skull of some massive creature and contains a warrior also garbed in fur-edged leather. At the end of each arm is a massive ivory tusk appearing as a lethal weapon.
In the far south of the World Of Neyathis, a continent lies mainly in the antarctic circle and is stuck in a perpetual ice age. As such, it is populated by megafauna that have long since died out elsewhere.
One of the creatures is the Megamoth, a relative of the Mammoth and one of the largest of any natural land mammals. Fully 30’ at the shoulder, it makes normal mammoths appear as sheep beside it. The Nelsaar people usually subsist on the smaller, more common, and easier to kill Mammoth, but they do occasionally take the larger Megamoth, though always by trap or misadventure.
The bones of these great beasts are sometimes used to construct a powerful war construct unique to these peoples, the number of which possessed determining the ‘pecking order’ between the tribes. Each ‘Megamothoid’ consumes vast resources to make - the bones, leather and sinew all having utility in other endeavors. Materiel from normal mammoths are generally not used as the construction ritual seems to fail frequently.
Disagreements between the tribes are sometimes settled with Megamothoid battles, and during war they are almost always used.
The Megamothoid’s head is made from a single Megamoth skull and is the place where a warrior can control the beast from. When unoccupied the beast is dreadfully stupid, rarely even moving from where it stands to attack.
When occupied, the Megamothoid is capable of quick movement over the snowy plains, matching that of all but the best dogsleds. It provides little protection from the elements to any onboard - they must rely on their own clothing for warmth.
There are rumors that a massive centaur-like construct is being built by one of the tribes, but that has not been confirmed.
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Updated: Okay, another Halloween Cliche' submission - Fire when ready. At least I'd didn't equip the thing with banks of heavy crossbows and other siege weapons.
Not a bad idea. Im not a Mecha fanatic, but this can certainly be used. Its always good to have a few of those things up your sleeve if the PC´s are just too lucky or too clever...
*gulp* "We have to fight THAT?"
Hell has no wrath like a DM pissed off at too many lucky throws....
Heh, given that its inspired by a bad cliche, I figured that a mecha made by caveman equivilent was about as far back as I can take it before having one built by the Elder Gods...
Freaking love it!
Don't think I'm done mining your sub for ideas. THERE FREAKING GRATE!!! :P
Ice Age mecha? How curiously amusing.
if it survived into your Medevil period it would be.
Well, now that I'm adding them to the World of Neyathis, they have, they are just currently stuck on a continent with little to no contact with the rest of the world.
Now, someone could find them and bring one of these back to the mainland. It would be fun to see one of these raising havok in StoneHolt!
Excellent! short, but full of flavor. Imagine such a beast, egads! Maaaan, i can just picture these rolling juggernauts moving across the snowy plains. Nice visual!
one question: Is a battle to see which tribe's Megamothoid is superior, worth it? (in regards to the time and materials invloved in their making). This isnt even a nitpick, just curious. I would imagine they would save these constructs for actual war, and then maybe determine, which one "performed" better, as a means of determining which bad-boy is badder?
Like it's Mechwarrior inspiration, individual Megamothoids may have slightly different designs and success in battle will make various features more popular. Since the resources in the ice-age lands are so limited, the honor-battles might be very ritualized and controlled to prevent too much being destroyed. Of course in war, all bets are off.
Megamoth bones and leather would be treated as valuable salvage once battles were over. Broken bones would be no longer usable for use in building these giants, so the demand for intact megamoth bones would always be high. As the continent is virtually barren of trees as well, these bones also see use for building materials.
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Could be expanded (in many ways), but overall, a really good idea.
Oh wow. Must admit I laughed at this one -- this is friggin' fantastic. Stone age mechs powered by necromatic magics is a really cool visual! Wonder what it takes to be selected as a Megamothoid pilot? Blood rights (maybe the chieftan's offspring only), or perhaps you have to have necromatic/shamanic training to use one. Hmmm.